Ajwa Hijazi

Research Assistant

Ajwa Hijazi

Ajwa Hijazi

Professional Experience

Ajwa Hijazi is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS), Islamabad. She has done her MPhil in Peace and Conflict Studies from the National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad. Earlier, she completed her undergraduate degree in Defence and Diplomatic Studies from the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Her research interests include traditional and non-traditional security with a focus on internal security, human security, and electoral politics.


Future-Proofing Pakistan’s Foreign Policy in an Evolving Geopolitical Context

Situated in the heart of South Asia and central to significant economic corridors,
Pakistan’s ambition to enhance regional connectivity and integration is
contingent upon a foreign policy that adeptly navigates ever-evolving geopolitical
dynamics. These include the Sino-US rivalry, instability in Afghanistan, India’s
aggressive posture, and the emerging Iran-Saudi Arabia pact. This Working
Paper aims to provide an analytical overview of how


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Shifting Platforms: Towards Digitalisation of News

Like the other facets of life, the news media industry has not remained stagnant to rapid digitalisation and internet penetration. The mainstream news media has traditionally been seen as the watchdog in any democratic set-up. However, the advent of the internet revolutionised the media industry landscape.


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Distressed Wheat Farmers

Wheat, due to its widespread consumption and its nutritious value, is considered a staple food in Pakistan. Its cultivation is done on a large scale throughout the country, with Punjab being the largest wheat-producing province. However, for several weeks, the country has witnessed distressed wheat farmers protesting on the streets. They started protesting against excessive delay in wheat purchase by the government and the reduction of the


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18th Lok Sabha Polls: Islamophobia and Electoral Partisanship

The Indian political horizon is in a frenzy with the ongoing 18th Lok Sabha polls. Voting for the multi-phase elections started on 19th April  and will span over six weeks, with results scheduled to be announced on 4th June. This election is primarily between the two main alliances: Narendra Modi’s BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Congress-led 28-party opposition alliance, Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA).


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Kalyani Devaki Menon, Making Place for Muslims in Contemporary India

Kalyani Devaki Menon’s ‘Making Place for Muslims in Contemporary India’ is an insightful gateway into the challenges faced by Indian Muslims to survive in a country treading on the path of exclusionary and majoritarian politics. Working currently, as a Professor of religious study at DePaul University, Chicago, Menon, has previously also written a book titled ‘Everyday Nationalism’ on the religious politics of Hindu rights.


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The Conundrum of TTP in Pak-Afghan Relations

Over several decades, Pak-Afghan relations have been characterised by phases of turbulence and stability. The current phase of bilateral relations is also marked by relative friction between the two neighbours. The primary reason for the strained relationship is Pakistan’s concern about either the inability or lack of will by the interim Afghan government to rein in Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

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